While our focus usually isn’t placed on redemption games, they aren’t banned from being discussed here. Recently Sara has covered titles from ICE such as Wham-o Blast or the videmption Tomy Waterfuls Ring Toss; we also tend to cover a few redemption titles around trade shows.
Today we have received some information on the next card/ticket redemption game in the works by Andamiro USA. Our thanks to the anonymous source close to the company that provided this info.
Andamiro is no stranger to licenses and this game combines elements from some of their top releases – Despicable Me Jelly Lab, Spongebob Pineapple Arcade and NFLPA Superstar Football Coins but with a stronger influence from the first two. Like the Spongebob game, there’s some quick coin/pachinko style gaming going on here, with the player controlling metal balls that you attempt to get into one of the holes within the wrestling belt; those that don’t make it fall through the pins to targets below. Video screens function as animated scoreboards, showing footage from wrestling matches while commentator and ring announcer Byron Saxton recorded some lines specifically for this game. Both the screens and the cards showcase several popular wrestlers. Here’s the video followed by a little more info:
Eight collectible cards will be introduced with the game with additional wrestlers to follow. The first set will feature The Rock, John Cena, , Sasha Banks, Bayley, Finn Baylor, Roman Reigns, Undertaker and AJ Styles. The game is soon landing on test in Southern California (the Torrance area) and expects a release around September (September is going to be a very busy time for the amusement business). It will certainly be at IAAPA 2017 as a part of Andamiro’s booth.
For fun, here’s a timeline of some wrestling games to grace our market. The 80s :
Coin-op wrestling games, licensed & unlicensed with the WWF/WWE name:
1983: Tag Team, Technos/Data East
1984: Appoooh, Sega
1985: Mat Mania, Taito; Champion Pro Wrestling, Sega
1986: Robo Wres 2001, Sega
1987: Body Slam, Sega
1989: Championship Wrestling, Taito
1889: WWF Superstars, Technos. First WWF pro wrestling arcade videogame.
1991: WWF WrestleFest, Technos. Followup arcade videogame.
1994: WWF Royal Rumble pinball machine, Data East.
1995: WWF WrestleMania: The Arcade Game, Midway Manufacturing Co.
2000: WWF Royal Rumble, Sega; Giant Gram 2000, Sega
MAY 5, 2002: Titan Sports changes trademarked name from WWF to WWE
2015: WWE Wrestlemania pinball machine, Stern.
2018: WWE Superstar Rumble, Andamiro. The first WWE arcade redemption machine
If you’re into the redemption side of the business, what do you think about this one?